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At the settlement of Ganj Darra datable to the 9th-8th millennia BCE, from a total of 69 individuals (most of which were not complete), were recovered 14 skulls, all of which had been altered artificially through the use of bandages (Meiklejohn et al., p. 89). One of these crania is female and two are male; three others are probably female and five more probably male; three are of undetermined sex (Meiklejohn et al., p. 91, Table 4). The nearby 8th-millennium BCE settlement of Teppa Ghenil revealed remains of one individual of undetermined sex whose skull had been artificially modified, again using bandages (Meiklejohn et al., pp. 86-89; Hours et al., p. 138). From the broadly contemporary site of ʿAli Koš, at least three females of the 14 adult inhumations found beneath the houses displayed evidence of artificially modified skulls
In addition to figurines, further evidence can be gained from other depictions, such as representations of humans on pottery shreds, as recovered from the Neolithic site of Tell Sabi Abyad (Tall Ṣabi Abyaż) in Syria and the Chalcolithic site Tell Madhur in Mesopotamia (Molleson and Campbell, p. 52, fig. 9.4). Some samples of Iranian pottery also display humans with an elongated or exaggerated head shape, such as on shreds recovered from the Late Chalcolithic sites of Češma-ʿAli and Tall-e Bakun A (FIGURE 4). Whilst it is clear that in some cases the representations could demonstrate either cranial modification or more temporary alterations of hairstyle or wearing of headgear, what is nevertheless evident is the exaggeration and importance shown to the head, given prominence in certain portrayals during this particular period of Iranian prehistory.
Originally posted by Baddogma
It's also possible there existed a penis cult and these people were simply emulating the all powerful penis?
As above... etc. Though I favor the copying of god-like coneheads.
Originally posted by blueyezblkdragon
reply to post by abeverage
His son tutankhaten (who later had his name changed to tutankhamun) reverted the religion back to the worship of amun and the old gods. Anyway the main point of this would be that since Akhenaten changed the religion he wasn't liked by many priests or people. So when Akhenaten died the heir was his son tutankhaten who was very young when he ruled. Meaning that his advisors most likely manipulated him in to reverting the religion and the majority of the records of Akhenaten would have been destroyed to prevent such things from happening over again.